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Parent Newsletter 9-4-20

Hello Tiger Nation,

 

 

When I told teachers that I was going to send a principal newsletter and asked what items they wanted me to communicate home, ALL teachers responded with the same response.    We are so grateful for the trust each of you gave us sending your students back in person or online.    It has been rejuvenating having students back in the building or communicating virtually with them.

 

A few items to bring to your attention:

 

  1. Pick-up and drop-off: A gentle reminder that all students should be picked up and dropped off using the north parking lot.  Please DO NOT use the bus lane for the safety of your student.   Also, when picking up or dropping off please utilize the crosswalks.  Walking between cars can be unsafe and we want to instill good, safe habits for our students.
  2. Virtual Back To School Night: A big bummer we all experienced was not having the opportunity to participate in our Back To School Night.  Our teachers wanted to “virtually meet” each of you and introduce themselves.  On the Bella Vista website you can find your student’s teacher and a short video introducing themselves.
  3. COVID reminders:
    1. Please keep your student home if they feel sick.
    2. Continue sending your student with a mask each day and wash masks often to keep them clean.

 

 

I hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend and soaks up every last drop of summer before it is gone. Remember there is no school on Monday, September 7th.

 

Eric Gardner

Principal

Bella Vista Elementary

Parent Newsletter – August 17, 2020

Hello Tiger Nation!

 

As we approach the start of the school year in one week we wanted you to be aware of a few items to make the beginning as smooth as possible.

 

Student/teacher assignments:

  • Families can now log on to skyward and view their student’s teacher. Online registration must be completed first in order to view your student’s teacher.

 

In-person students:

  • School begins August 24th for 1st thru 5th Kindergarten students will begin August 27th.    Kindergarten KEEP testing will take place August 24th thru 26th.   The school will notify you of your appointment by mail.
  • Arrival: The first bell rings at 8:40 and teachers will let students in their grade level doors.   School officially begins at 8:45.  The playground will be closed before and after school so please DO NOT drop off students early to play.   Tiger paws have been painted outside each grade level entrance where students can stand to be physically distanced from one another until they are allowed to enter the school.
  • Breakfast: Breakfast will be served starting at 8:30 am in the cafeteria.    Students wishing to eat may enter through the 5th grade doors and proceed to the cafeteria.
  • Masks: Each day please send your student to school with their mask on when they get on the bus or step out of the car.  Begin speaking with your students about the requirement for wearing a mask while at school so they are prepared.  Students will also be provided a lanyard to clip their mask to when not wearing it at lunch or recess to keep it from getting lost.
  • Water bottles: The school is providing each student with a reusable water bottle.   We encourage students to use water bottles to avoid using the water fountains.    If parents wish to send students with a water bottle from home that is totally acceptable.
  • Supplies: The school has bought each student a pencil box and various supplies in order to not have students share.     Your student will receive their supplies on the first day of school.
  • Dismissal: School ends at 3:20pm.    Once again the playground will be closed after school.   Students are expected to go directly home.

 

Online learning students:

  • School begins August 24th.
  • Each student will be provided online learning kits to assist them with their learning. These kits can be picked up from the main office this Friday August 21st between 9:00am-1:00pm.  
  • Chromebooks will also be available for checkout if you need one.
  • Lunches: Students will be able to order lunches through the cafeteria. In order to do so parents need to call the cafeteria at 801-826-7833 to place their order for the day no later than 9:00 am.   Parents will need to provide their student’s id number when ordering food.  Parents/students can pick up their lunches daily in front of the school in the north-west pick up area (in front of the green donation bin) between 10:45-11:15am.

 

Parent-Guided  At-Home Learning:

  • Workbooks are currently being gathered for students. They will be ready for pickup in the main office on Friday August 21st between 9:00am-1:00pm.
  • Lunches: Students will be able to order lunches through the cafeteria. In order to do so parents need to call the cafeteria at 801-826-7833 to place their order for the day no later than 9:00 am.   Parents will need to provide their student’s id number when ordering food.  Parents/students can pick up their lunches daily in front of the school in the north-west pick up area (in front of the green donation bin) between 10:45-11:15am.

 

Parent Newsletter 05/22/2020

May 22, 2020

Hello Families!

This is it! The last parent newsletter of the year! The school year is (almost) over!

See the plan for the last week of school below:

Calendar Items:

  • Monday May 25: Memorial Day – No school!
    • Tuesday, May 26: Egg Drop! (Info included in the Bella Vista Bag).  As families, do your own egg drop and share pictures, reports, info with your teachers.
    • Wednesday, May 27: Family Field Day o The PTA has prepared a handout of fun field day activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family
    • Thursday, May 28: School Slide Show – A slide show is being created; the link will be shared via email with all families.
    • May 29: Official Last Day of School – At 10:00, on the school’s website, the Bella Vista “Clap Out” tradition will continue! See teachers and staff “clap you out” of Bella Vista for the 2019-2020 school year.

What are the teachers doing the last week of school?

  • Cleaning/shutting down classrooms
  • Grading students’ Canvas submissions
  • Answering parent emails
  • Contacting students through Google Classroom or Google Meet
  • Finishing report cards
  • Working on the District Grading Professional Development on Canvas
  • Completing preparation work for required District technology Professional Development in July and August
  • Preparing for school to start in August

Bella Vista’s Year in Review

  • August:
    • Welcome back students!
    • School score prediction contest for the BYU/U of U Game: Winner: Mrs. Robinson’s 4th grade class!
  • September:
    • PTA Carnival!!!
    • Picture Day! Smile for the camera!
  • October:
    • Chess Club begins
    • Red Ribbon Week and Reflections Assembly
    • Halloween parade and Halloween walk on the stage
  • • November:
    • 5th Grade Play: “Tall Tales and Heroes”
  • December:
    • Glee Club Performances
    • Christmas sing-a-long
    • Tony the Tiger’s bowl of frosted flakes for every student
  • January:
    • House activities begin
  • February:
    • Career Day
    • Quilting Club begins
    • PTA Bingo Night!
  • March:
    • Read Across America Week
    • School closure begins March 16
  • April:
    • And the closure continues…..
    • Spring Recess!
    • On-line learning begins
  • May:
    • And it’s still continuing…
    • Bella Vista on Parade in school neighborhoods
    • Field trips and the 4th grade play cancelled 
    • Modified end-of-year activities including egg drop, field day, slide show, and “clap out”

For me, it’s been an eventful year professionally and personally. I have enjoyed my year at Bella Vista and have learned much about my leadership and skills while working with students and staff here.

I love, love, love the tigers at Bella Vista; they have filled my heart!

I also love, love, love the staff here as well; they are also in my heart!

Retiring from Bella Vista has been a wonderful way to end my career. Thank you for the love, support, and memories!

Always a tiger…..

Sandra/Ms. Houlihan

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